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  • Community Information

    Nestled on a lake in the valley between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain Ranges, is the scenic community of Invermere. As the economic hub of the Columbia Valley, Invermere boasts a healthy tourism industry, as well as forestry, mining and agriculture.

    Invermere welcomes newcomers and visitors alike with an unforgettable hospitality and a broad spectrum of year-round recreational opportunities including skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting and golf. No less than eight challenging golf courses are within a twenty-minute drive of the community. Shops, cafes, museums, art and cultural centres add another dimesion to the town’s appealing lifestyle.

    INDUSTRY:
    Forestry, mining, tourism, construction, trades and services


    • Population

      Town Population: 2,955 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)

      Ages of Population:

      0-17: 18.8%

      18-24: 9.4%

      25-64: 58.1%

      65+: 13.7% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: East Kootenay

      Regional District: East Kootenay

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 26.20


    • Practitioner + Clinic information

      General Practitioners: 16 (www.cpsbc.ca)

      Clinics

      Chisel Peak Medical Clinic

      417 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 341-6900

      Invemere Medical Clinic

      Box 8000, 937 – 7 Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9206


  • Invermere is unique in that all healthcare service across the continuum of care are all under one roof – this provides for a very cohesive approach to patient care.

    All the areas of the facility are relatively new with the hospital being built in 1991, Columbia House Residential Care in 1994 and expanded in 2005 (to 35 beds).


    • Contact Info

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303


    • Hospital Info

      The hospital is a community hospital level one with a very busy Emergency Department.

        • 24-hour Emergency Services

       

        • Trauma Care

       

        • Pediatrics

       

        • Low Risk Maternity Services

       

        • Pharmacy Services provided by EKRH

       

        • Diagnostic Imaging

       

        • X-Ray Services

       

        • Laboratory Services

       

        • Rehabilitation Services

       

        • Occupational Therapy

       

        • Physiotherapy

       

        • Respiratory Therapy

       

        • Speech Pathology

       

        • Mental Health Services

       

        • Dietitian Services

       

        • Diabetes Education

       

        • Renal Dialysis

       

        • Home Care Nursing

       

        • Home Support Services

       

        • Case Management

       

        • Residential Care

       

        • Public Health Services

       

      Acute Care Beds: 8

      Major Medical Centre: Kelowna (459 km)


    • Emergency Room

      This community has a limited service Emergency Room that provides lab, diagnostic imaging services, and low risk obstetrical care. It is open 24/7.

      Number of Visits Per Year: 12,941 (2009/2010: IHA Stats)

      Travel distance to transfer hospital: 459 km to Kelowna


    • Hospital CAEP and CTAS

      CAEP Classification

      Description Level 4 – Facility with inpatient beds. May be optional services i.e. obstetrics, definitive for appropriate conditions, stabilization and transfer to another facility as required, open 24/7

      CTAS Level

      CTAS Level I (Resuscitation)

      CTAS Level II (Emergent)

      CTAS Level III (Urgent)

      CTAS Level IV (Less Urgent)

      CTAS Level V (Non Urgent)

    • Maternity

      East Kootenay Midwives

      #12 – 1617 Baker Street

      Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4

      P: 250 489-3198 | F: 250 489-3752


    • Lab services

      Invermere & District Hospital Lab

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-2321 | F: 250 342-2304

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am – 4 pm

    • Blood Bank

      This community has a blood bank.


    • Imaging services

      X-Ray

      Invermere & District Hospital Imaging

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-2321 | F: 250 342-2304

      MRI

      This community has MRI imaging services including mobile MRI.

      Mammography

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.



    • BC Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community


    • Pharmacy

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303

      Lambert-Kipp Pharmacy Ltd

      1301 – 7th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-6612 | F: 250 342-6574

      Pharmasave #202

      417 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-8877 | F: 250 342-8897

    • Extended Care

      Invermere & District Hospital (35 beds)

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303

      In-community

      Columbia View Lodge

      2920 Laburnum Drive

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 264-1271 | F: 250 264-0911


    • Home Nursing

      Prenatal Home Visits

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-2360

      In-community

      Home & Community Care Office

      P: 250 342-2360


    • Dietetics

      Outpatient Nutritional Services

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303


    • Diabetic Nurse Educator

      Diabetes Teaching Centre

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303

      Hrs: Mon, Tues 9 am – 4:30 pm

      In-community

      Schuswap Band

      Diabetes Educator

      Box 790

      Invermere, BC, V0A 2J0

      P: 250 342-6361 | F: 250 342-2948


    • Physiotherapy

      Physiotherapy Department

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303

      In-community

      Invermere Physiotherapy Clinic

      Box 758, 1317 – 7th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-0415 | F: 250 342-0403


    • Occupational therapy

      Rehabilitation Services

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-9201 | F: 250 342-6303


    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Mental Health Services

      Invermere & District Hospital

      Bag 5001, 850 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0 P: 250 342-2363

      Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      In-community

      East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

      Columbia Valley

      Box 2289, 625 – 4th Street

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-3868 | F: 250 342-3850

      CYMH Invermere

      Box 2289, 625 – 4th Street

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-4367

      Family Resource Centre of Invermere

      Box 2289, 625 – 4 Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-4242 | F: 250 342-3850

      www.familyresourcecentre.ca


    • Social workers

      In-community

      Family Resource Centre of Invermere

      Box 2289, 625 – 4 Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 342-4242 | F: 250 342-3850

      www.familyresourcecentre.ca


  • Community Respiratory Program – Travelling Clinic
    Provided by Interior Health
    P: 250 420-2297

    Ankors AIDS Network
    #46 – 17th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC, V1C 3W3
    P: 250 426-3383 | TFP: 1 800 421-2437

    Youth Outreach
    Family Resource Centre of Invermere
    Box 2289, 625 – 4 Avenue
    Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0
    P: 250 342-4242 | F: 250 342-3850
    www.familyresourcecentre.ca

    • Practice Site Information

      There are two practice sites for Invermere:

      Invermere Medical Clinic

      937-7th Avenue

      PO Box 8000

      Invermere, BC V0A 1K0

      P: 250-342-9206 ext: 208

      Physician Site Coordinator

      Dr. Gareth Mannheimer

      Clinic Manager

      Gail Gross

      and

      Chisel Peak Medical Clinic

      417 – 10th Avenue

      Invermere, BC, V0A 1K0

      P: 250 341-6900

      Physician Site Coordinator

      Dr. Chris Gooch

      Clinic Manager

      Shelly Hopkins

    • Training Site Information

      Medical Student Training: Yes

      Medical Student: UBC

      Family Practice Resident Site: Yes

      Medical Resident: UBC

      Other professionals:

      Imaging and Laboratory Service Professionals

    • Students & Residents Perspectives

      On The Community

      “World renowned recreation area, amazing scenery, very friendly local people, lots to do. Almost everywhere in town is walking/biking distance from clinic and hospital. Hospital is 2 blocks from clinic. Only 3 ½ hrs to Calgary”

      On The Experience

      “Very collegial, exceptionally helpful staff, procedure room on site, exam rooms well appointed, all physicians on site will be very helpful both in the medical field as well as the local social arena”

      Challenges

      “–Specialists and diagnostic equipment being 140 km distant is a challenge. ER can be slow during “shoulder seasons” (Oct, Nov, April) ”

    • Patient Load

      Practice per day: 15-30

    • Office Set-up

      Office Space

      Extra consultation rooms dedicated for residents have been upgraded. Currently every physician in the Invermere Medical clinic has 2 dedicated consultation rooms as well as an office so Residents can expect their own space.

      Technology

      Electronic Medical Records

    • Educational Opportunities

      CME Teleconferences: Yes

    • Preceptor Physicians

      Chisel Peak Clinic

      Dr. Chris Gooch

      Dr. W.F. Louw

      Dr. Theresa Ross

      Dr. Stephen Arif

      Dr. Mike Walsh

      Dr. Arthur Olmesdahl

      Invermere Medical Clinic

      Dr. Gareth Mannheimer

      Dr. Shannon Page

      Dr. Maria Dibb